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Interview Mike Muir LA SHOW

OxGx S.N.A.P.'z section is once again updated. He came up with an interview with Mike Muir he had! Details on the new upcoming shows in L.A. and in Columbia and Brasil! That's right! Major updates and details on the new album, tour and a SxTx that's ready to hit the road again!

So here we go.....

First off, there's vicious rumors of ST shows coming up quickly...including a show in Los Angeles. What can you tell us about these, when, where, what's the deal?
MMST: Yes, we are confirmed to play a few shows. We had hoped to confirm them all together, but we were asked by the promoter to hold off. It's not a problem with the show, but politics of who's sponsoring it and how the promotion works, etc.
I can say, yes we will be playing in L.A. and it will be around October time and it should be quite the event. We also plan on filming this show and releasing it as a Dvd.

Will this be the first show?
MMST: No, we actually will be playing a festival in Colombia Oct. 15th for a festival called Rock Al Parque. It's a free three day festival put on by the government.
Alfonso from Fernandes guitars and Esteban are both native Colombians and have been to this festival many times and have great things to say about it. There will be between 80,000 to over 100,000 people there and ST has the honor of headlining one of the days. This should be a great way to jump back into the action.

What happens after the L.A. show?

MMST: We hope to have Paul Northfield come out to record the L.A. show and then stay and finish up the new ST cd. Then at the end of November we got two festival dates in Brasil. That's the plan for now.

Any other shows after that?

MMST: We have quite a few shows that we would like to make up, that we were planning before the back surgery. Right now we and of course I plan on being smart with how we go about doing things so that we'll always be able to be a part of what we like, and be healthy and happy to boot, lol.
But at this time, these are the only shows planned for this year.

So what's up for next year?

MMST: Basically there are a lot of places we still have never been to, places we love to go to, and places we haven't been to in a long time and need to get back to. A lot of this of course revolves around a new cd and a new cd revolves around the ability to tour. So without rambling any further, If all goes well, we plan to have a new cd and be back touring the U.S. and the World next year.

So the back's good?

MMST:The back is really good. I've had to make some changes, and figure out different ways to work out,etc., but it's finally great day to day. The challenge is of course shows and touring. There's no exercises for the way I tour.
People that haven't seen me for a bit and I tell them I had back surgery can't believe it. That's good, but after going thru all that with the surgery, etc, I don't wanna do that again. And if I would have just stopped like I was told to on that tour, I wouldn't have had to have surgery...but you're in a position where you're headlining a tour and you don't wanna let the people behind the tour down or the people going to the shows. The irony is, if we cancelled there would be the stupid people that started rumors saying nothing was wrong, the " I heard they quit cause..."bla bla bla," you know the people, you know the story...
Anyhow, what was is, and we learn and move on and take the knowledge and use it properly, control what we can, prepare for what we can't...and enjoy the ride while it lasts, till we move on to the next adventure, ha ha.

So how's everyone else?

MMST:I think they're all pretty excited, but we've all learned from this situation. I think when we start practicing for the shows and working back in the STudio again, it'll sink in a bit more...but, yes everyone sounds ready and excited yet they've all been very understanding which I totally appreciate.

OG S.N.A.P.'z - News report

OG S.N.A.P.'z here, with my ear to the alley, and eye on the STreet.

I got my new section, representing with facts, rumors, insights and some shit talking when necessary. But lets' throw down some tibids rollin the rumor grapevine...

Cyco among us? ST STudio's own ESTeban and a friend chased after a bank robber as he was leaving the bank, and followed him to the get away car. Police then took up the pursuit and then the bullets were flying. The robber and driver ended up getting shot and killed in a gunfight. Esteban is safe and all he and his friend got were $250 dollars each for a reward.
He Esteban, I know you are crazy ass Columbian, but next time, well let's hope there isn't a next time.

Is James Muir, Mike's older brother and owner of DogTown skates, turning into a hollywood STar? First a guest appearance in "The Lords of Dogtown" as the security guard talking with "Skip" (played by Heath Ledger ) and now an American Express commercial?
Rumors have it he and is son we're called back for several auditions and won the part of a father teaching his son to skate in the add campaign.
Does anyone remember Rob Trujillo in the "Yellow pages" commercial?

Around the STudio...Josh Paul dropped by before going "Down Under". Josh who recently was playing with the young Ms Osbourne and more recently Everlast, is in Australia on a promotional tour for a new Australia group featuring twin sisters that sing. Reportedly there's quite a buzz on these girls in the industry and their record hasn't even been released yet.

Adam Siegel, ex Infectious Grooves, My Head, Cyco Miko, Excel, guitar player and insane artist also dropped by to check out the STudio and catch up.
Adam is presently working in his own studio, writing and producing for himself and other bands. He's doing great, quite happy and enjoying working and learning behind the studio "desk".

Heard some NO MERCY blasting out the speakers. Surely it was remastered? And phone call to the legendary Ric Clayton...Does that mean it's coming out soon?
Found out it was remastered 5 years ago... but maybe RxCx is doing some new artwork...for a new ST shirt...or cover? So is the No Mercy gonna be knocked off the "list"?
After the new ST.

Speaking of the infamous "list", what are all those videos doing at the STudio? Is Sony finally letting the band release them on DVD?

And what does Rush have to do with ST? Is Paul Northfield coming back out to STudio when he completes working with them? And if so, what for? Mixing the new ST? Finishing the I.G.? Recording a whole new Cd? And what's with the passport info? And why all the talk of Halloween and the Olympic Auditorium? ST hasn't played there in 21 years. Could there be some shows in the works earlier than reported? Will there be one last "old school" show there before it's turned into a church by it's new Korean owners?
S.N.A.P.'z knows, and hopefully it will be worked out soon so it can all be told. 2 True dat!
I will say Right now, nothing's confirmed, but it's starting to get a buzz around here.

At ST Tattoo, Mr. Clown Brown is back from europe, and then headed off to Hawaii. His band Strapt, opened up for Snoop Dogg and did alot of promotional work for their up coming release. Hopefully we'll get Mr. Brown to do an interview for the site soon and dish out all the facts about upcoming tours and release dates.

Dean Pleasants did another round on the NYC circuit, hitting up the Letterman Show, Good Morning America, etc. Wonder where them boots will take him next?

And in this weeks episode of no it wasn't and no it ain't...
Lester Claypol who Produced the "Join the Army" record for ST is not the bass player of Primus. Two different people.

Till next time, more Familia updates, STudio updates, Snapshots, from Mr. S.N.A.P.'z
who STill don't give a fuck!

Q and A with Dean

SxTx just finished the European tour and according to Dean "It was big fun, we had a blast doing it. The shows and fans were the best! I hope we can build off of this trip, and do it even bigger next time!"

Pauly: Dean, I thought it was time for a little Q&A with you...

 -Tell us a little about yourself, how did you ever started picking up the guitar? Was it a family thing? 
Well, I started playing the guitar in the 11th grade for stage band! I didn`t know how to play but I wanted to learn because I thought it looked cool, and I liked the way the guitar looked! My grandfather played the banjo, and my Dad messed around with the guitar a little bit!
 - Where did you grow up as a kid? Any hobby's besides guitars back in the days?
I was born in San Antonio Texas, but I moved around a lot as my dad was in the airforce .
I worked on a farm, fed cows, and chickens ..ha ha .really! I also loved riding dirt bikes, and playing basketball all day! and helping my dad in the shop working on cars!
- What kind of gear to you use? And why that gear?
I use VHT and Fender and Marshall amps, also I play fernandes guitars! I like fernandes, because they fit my style really well20, and I can get that vintage sound, as well as a good heavy tone!
- If you could choose your ultimate guitar...which one should it be...? And what about the best amp sounds? 
I like the strat body the best, then Les Pauls, my ultimate guitar is the Strat, I guess because it was the first guitar I played! I like fender for the clean sound and Marshall and VHT for dirty and solo tones!
- Influences from all styles can be heard in your guitarplaying. Got any heroes yourself besides Jimi off course?  (I  saw you wear that shirt on tour hahaha)
Ha ha ha, Yes, Jimi Hendrix, is a big influence on my playing, also Stevie Ray, and Larry Graham. and Bootsy Collins! I think they all have a lot of soul and feeling int there playing! And also the way they used effects pedals!!
- What kind of music do you like listening on the road, or just at home?

I like to listen to old music, old rock, and soul, and funk music! I do like new artist as well, but mostly old stuff!
- Do you still practise or is all just a matter of routine now?
Yes, I play all the time, I am always trying to learn new scales, and music theory! I just love playing! so I do it whenever the feeling hits me!
- Before you joined IG, did you play some other bands? And what else do you do besides IG/ST?

I  was doing session work, playing in the studio mostly, and some live stuff here, and there! I still do studio work, and I played live with Jessica Simpson for 4 years, I have played on quite a few cd`s, and I always enjoy doing that, as well as my band stuff!
- Tell us some more on the studiowork and some cd’s you played on. I heard about Ugly Kid Joe, 3T andmore….

Well, I have played for most of the Jacksons except Micheal, and Janet, I wrote a song on the 3-T cd that was fun. Yes, I played for Uglykidjoe, and George Clinton, Tone Loc, Coke ads, Poe, Jody Whatley, Atlantic Star, and so on!
- How did you hook up with Infectious way back?

I was called to play on a project by my old friend, Robert Trujillo. For him and Mike muir, well that project turned into Infectious Grooves! I was supposed to play on a few tracks, but Mike liked me and I wound up playing on everything!

- Do you still have contact with Robert and an you tell us some more on working with him and Brooks and Adam back in the days?
I haven`t talked to Robert in a few years, but last I did he was very cool, and was having another baby!
Working with Adam was great, I learned so much from him, he was a true talent! Brooks was also fun and very young at the time which made things really funny! It was all so new to him! Ha ha . But he was an incredible drummer so that`s all that mattered  at the time! I have spoke to him recently! He is doing great as well!

- Nowadays working with Steve and Eric…how does a IG or ST song get structure? Is it jamming or writing?
It is a little bit of both, some ideas, lead to everyones input, or we just jamn, and Mike says Play that part here, and make the other the chorus!! he he . and that is how it usually goes down!

- Is it difficult to keep the two bands separated in song writing and development?
No, because they are actually very different, IG, is very funky,and groove based, as for ST, it is more hard, and heavy based on a hard guitar riff, or around the guitars . IG, can be based around the Bass, or guitar, or keyboard!! Also, we have kinda made it  a point to really seperate the 2 as far as sounds go!!

- How did you end up playing in ST…it’s so much different than IG?
Well after ST broke up in "95 we were touring with IG, and Cyco Miko, and Mike wanted to reform ST, as his Big Brother Jim suggested with a new line up, so Mike asked me of I was interested, of course I said Hell Yeah! As ST was one of my favorite bands, and I always admired Rocky George, and the way he played solos, and I  wanted the chance to play this style of music, and grow as a guitarist! 

- So, just finished the ST “Year of the cycos” tour 2009. I must say i think it was the best ST tour in years. What was it like?
Oh it was big fun, I had a blast, doing it. The shows, and fans were the best, I hope we can build off of this trip, and do it even bigger next time!

- Do you still like hitting the road after all these years?
Yes, I do, I love playing, and traveling, even though I hate flying, I love doing the shows! See you all soon again!

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